Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum will host North Tyneside Council's spectacular beacon lighting ceremony to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

The event takes place on Thursday 2 June between 6.30pm and 10pm, at Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum and signals the start of the extended Bank Holiday weekend.

It will include a free programme of family entertainment, food vendors and market stalls, pipers and buglers, a firework display and a giant screen beaming out images from other ceremonies across Britain and the Commonwealth, and from seven decades of The Queen's reign.

The grounds will be decked in red, white, and blue for the occasion, and musicians and entertainers will perform among the audience.

The 101st Regiment Royal Artillery will fire a 105mm gun at 9.30pm to announce the start of formal proceedings. Seven beacons including a huge steel brazier standing four meters high, manufactured by local company Smulders, will be lit at 10pm.

Beacons will be lit along the 73 mile length of Hadrian’s Wall to mark the occasion, in what is the 1900th year of Hadrian’s Wall, to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year on the throne. Over 1500 beacons will be lit across the UK, Commonwealth and beyond for the final time in Her Majesty’s reign.

Segedunum will be closed to the public during the day to allow preparations for the evening event.


6.15pm - Drummers perform, and film begins

6.30 - 7pm - Northern Monkey Brass Band perform live

7.15pm - 8.15pm - The Pre Amps live: a 4-piece band play 60s influenced pop-rock

8.15pm - 8.30pm - Drummers perform among the audience

8.30pm - 9.30pm - Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia

9.30pm - 105mm gun will be fired to signal the start of the formal proceedings

9.35pm - Traditional highland piper Stevie Christie, will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper

9.40pm - Buglers Nikita Gilbert, Peter Davison and Tom Giblin will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty

9.45pm - Community choirs across all nations will sing the song called A Life Lived with Grace, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia, and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu, from Nigeria. Beacons lit across the rest of the UK

10pm - Beacons will be lit across the communities of Hadrian’s Wall - and the fireworks display will commence

Photo credit: Segedunum Jubilee event - The Bigger Picture

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